Immediately at 22:00 EST (GMT-5), Comrade Gaius Soergel Publicola openned the 2015 CPS Party Congress, citing that the Party Secretary had passed to him the authority to chair the State of Sandus’s single most important political event. Those citizens in attendance sung the Internationale and were greeted by the incumbent Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck. Privately and publicly, nearly all citizens spoke of their commitment to the Party and to the Sandum Nation, having been filled with national and civic pride.
Next, for half an hour, the assembled citizens listened and read the S8gm8’s Report on the 2015 Economic Goal, which concludes at the end of the Sancta Year MMXV (29 February 2016). Some asked questions pertaining to the Report, such as the definition of a cultural economy – a key feature of the Report’s proposals, and the Party Secretary’s Report followed that of the S8gm8.
Comrades, whether Sandum citizens or foreign observers, I once again extend to you on behalf of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus solidarity and warm greetings. I am grateful for your attendance and participation in the 2015 Party Congress, the first over which I preside.
In my first year as Secretary, the Party has continued to be the vanguard and beacon of an ever-revolutionary Sandus. The Sôgmô serves diligently, and the Council guides well the People’s State, but the Citizens’ Party, too, has done its utmost to strengthen the Sandum nation in ways that only a revolutionary party of workers and intellectuals of diverse backgrounds can do. After all, we are the ones who have built this state; it is ours to master and own, and the Citizens’ Party of Sandus is the body responsible for exemplifying the philosophical foundations of our socialist state.
When I was elected Party Secretary, I declared that the Party would be guided in that term by my Four Points for Progress. These influenced the Party’s actions not by providing a strict plan for the year, but by forming the basis of dynamic goals aiming to positively change the nature of Sandum society, as is the duty of any revolutionary vanguard. The goals of holding the Sôgmô accountable to the people and improving Sandum pluralism were particularly evident in the work of the Party.
The Party has worked closely with the Sôgmô throughout the year to make the voice of the citizens heard in all governmental activities. I have met often with him in my capacity as Secretary to review his office’s actions and give advice on matters of interest to the Sovereign People. Most notably, the Office of the Sôgmô and the Citizens’ Party have collaborated on the clarification and enactment of the 2015 Economic Goal. The Party was able to guarantee that the programs initiated by the Sôgmô were truly socialist: benefiting the collective interest of our people and ultimately controlled by them, as well. The Party provided guidance on the organization of cooperatives, monetary systems, potential products, and the involvement of citizens in the economy, all with the goal of making the system work for the Sandum people.
The Party has also been productive in protecting and expanding Sandum pluralism. Early in the year, I called for a greater representation of Christian culture in Sandus, so as to be consistent with the Sancta politic, which emphasizes the diversity of influences on our state. Two-thirds of Sandum citizens affiliate with Christendom, so it only made sense that the majority religion of our nation be represented in our official culture. Because of this effort, the Collegium Sacerdotum observed Easter for the very first time, and Christian philosophy became further manifest in Sandum culture. This is just one victory for Sancta in our society, however, and I vow to initiate similar efforts to ensure the full representation of the religions, philosophies, cultures, and ideas of all our citizens in national life, for Sandus is made of what each of us brings to it.
The Citizens’ Party of Sandus is firmly committed to the socialist ideals that hold the nation together, expressed through democracy, art, religion, economic growth, and acknowledgment of our diversity. The last year has seen success in these areas, and the next will certainly bring more.
Moving forward, let us keep in our minds the threefold Sandum philosophy: socialism, that we may be equal; Buddhism, that we may seek to relieve all suffering; and Sancta, that we may employ our differences in a way that unifies the nation.
I thank you all.
Next was the election of the Party Secretary, the highest established office of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. There was only one candidate, the incumbent Adam von Friedeck, who was elected unanimously.
Finally, the Party Congress turned to the specific proposals presented by those present at the Congress. All proposals came from the S8gm8 Gaius Soergel Publicola. Half of them pertained to the Party itself, while two others pertained to activity and civil cohesion and the last pertained to the cultural economy.
- Differentiation between Citizens and Party Members; Establishment of Party Membership
- Transformation of the Party into a Specialised Bureaucracy
- Development of a Party Constitution and a Party Platform
- Formation of a schedule of semi-monthly Initiatives for projects and activities
- Formation of periodic Symposia for citizens to discuss politics, society, and culture and to encourage activity
- Authorisation of the Party and the Central People’s Government to transform the economy into a cultural economic mode of production
The results of these sections were, in some cases, combined and dealt with as one.
For 1 and 2, the Party decided to establish a class of Party Members who shall perform duties outside of the Congress. They shall have to meet the criteria of: being a citizen for at least six months, agreeing with the Party Platform, and having been voted into membership. In this proposal, the Party will formulate public policy, the Council will ratify (or not ratify) the proposal, and the S8gm8 – and, in some specific cases, the Party too – will enact the public policy. However, the schema of public policy does not undermine the right of individual citizens or of the S8gm8 to propose public policy in the Council.
For 3, the Party decided to establish a comittee for the drafting of a Party Platform, which shall be completed in the next few weeks and made general to encompass a large amount of diverse political opinions, and of a Party Constitution, which shall be drafted as a complement to the State of Sandus’s Founding Law. A 2016 CPS Party Congress held in April exclusively for the ratification of the Constitution.
For 4 and 5, the Party decided to establish a system of three events – ludi or games, projects, and symposia – to be held semi-monthly and organised jointly between the Party and the S8gm8, and possibly even the Collegium Sacerdotum.
For 6, the Party decided to authorise the Party and the Central People’s Government to work on transforming the Sandum economy into a cultural economic mode of production.
The 2015 Citizens’ Party of Sandus Party Congress concluded at 00:20 on 8 November 2015, 20 minutes passed midnight in Kremlum Sandus Province, lasting 2 hours and 20 minutes. Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck completed his first term as Secretary of the Party by adjourning the Party Congress, and immediately assumed his new term for the Party’s administrative year 2016.
Immediately following, Comrade Charlotte Lindstrom of the Zealandian Greens presented a speech.
The Party Conference will follow the Congress today, 8 November, at 17:00 Sandum Local Time (GMT-5), and will be chaired by Party Secretary Adam von Friedeck.
This Party Congress marks the Fifth Party Congress of the Citizens’ Party of Sandus. It was during the Fourth Party Congress in 2014 which changed the Party’s name from the Citizens’ Communist Party of Sandus to the Citizens’ Party of Sandus, removing references to Communism and Marxism-Leninism in favour of Socialism. The Party Congress planned for November 2013 was cancelled amid a national citizenship crisis, and was replaced with the First Party Conference. The Third Party Congress was held in November 2012 and the Second Party Congress was held in April 2012. The First Party Congress was held in November 2011 and resulted in the integration of the Party into the State structure of the State of Sandus, ratified at national elections in December of that year.
Sandus has had two Party Conferences, in 2013 and 2014, and a third is planned for this evening. Party Conferences differ from Party Congresses in their audience: Conferences are open to international participation, while the Congresses are reserved only for Sandum citizens. Party Congresses serve a public policy purpose, as well, drawing up public policy initiatives for the State of Sandus to be approved either in the Council or in National Elections held on the Winter Solstice, while the Conference is intended to encourage intermicronational discussion on matters involving public policy.